Glen Ord

The Singleton of Glen Ord 12 Years Old (40%, OB, +/-2015)

Review: The Singleton of Glen Ord 12 Years Old

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Glen Ord Distillery

Bottling: Official – Diageo

ABV: 40%

Cost: contact Distillery Shop.

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What they say:

Singleton of Glen Ord 12 Year Old

Glen Ord Distillery staff tasting notes:

The Singleton of Glen Ord is a rich, smooth-tasting, well-balanced whisky with distinctive packaging. On the nose big, warming and immediately welcoming; rich with dried orange peel. With water, fruity aromas blend, joined by sandalwood and light caramel. On the palate – gingery, soft and chewy toffee. Simply smooth and delicious.

What I say:

Sampled at Glen Ord Distillery, as Friends of the Classic Malts we were keen to visit Glen Ord for our passport stamp and couldn’t resist paying a little extra on top of our free tour in order to sample the standard range starting with this The Singleton of Glen Ord 12 Years Old. During our tour we got to experience the aromas of a standard sherry butt and bourbon barrel maturing within the warehouses. This expression takes these two maturation types at 12 years and marries them 50:50 to produce this expression.

Colour:

Ruby amber/copper gold (12/20), slow medium-sized tears leave substantial legs

Nose:

Ginger, orange peel, marmalade, toffee, vanilla fudge, butterscotch, dried fruits, raisin, prune, red fruits, raspberry and cranberry, zesty, more spiced ginger

Taste:

Waxy and spiced fruit punch, a little ginger and white pepper, oaky wood, tannic almost, marmalade – thick cut with plenty of orange peel and zest, a touch of grapefruit, lemon and lime, sweet, malty cereal barley, biscuit.

Finish:

Medium length, more spiced fruit punch some lasting tannic oak and soft leather

Overall:

We really enjoyed this 12 year old expression from Glen Ord, it has a nice and spicy complexity to it with quite a rich fruitiness and sweet cereal barley which presents as maturity.

Score: 83/100

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